Macular Degeneration Foundation

Category: Coping Skills

Support Groups

Support is something we all need at one time or another. Human beings are social by nature and socialization is necessary for good mental health. Likewise, trying to keep a problem locked within ourselves is difficult. It is much easier…

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A Few Practical Tips

A few easy adjustments to the living areas of a person with low vision can improve visibility and reduce the risk of an injury. Dr. Stewart Shofner of Nashville, TN shares with us 5 practical tips to assist those with…

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What Do I Do? … My Doctor just told me I have Macular Degeneration

Most people found to have AMD are: Over the age of 55 Have noticed changes in their vision Have gone to an ophthalmologist or optometrist who found evidence of macular degeneration in their eyes. Dry AMDSome of the initial changes…

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How to Wear a Surgical Face Mask

We are all wearing face masks of one kind or another these days. If it’s not bad enough to have limited central vision, some of us also wear glasses that tend to fog up when using a medical procedure mask….

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“Hands Off” Environmental Controls

by Keith Colgan – Macular Degeneration Foundation Call it “research” for the Foundation … or just plain laziness, but for the past two years my wife and I have been using a device that allows us to control much of…

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Share Your Story

What's Your Story

We love to hear from our readers, especially those with an encouraging story. Have you found a practical way of coping with low vision that improved your quality of life? What activities bring you joy in spite of the many…

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Coping with Fear and Depression

It is normal for a patient to experience a number of emotions when faced with the possibility of an eye disease. The thought of blindness brings despair and depression. The enemy behind most of these negative emotions, however, is fear!…

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Blind Spots

by Dr. Joe Fontenot – CLVT Medical Director What is a “blind spot” or scotoma? A scotoma is a “blind spot” in one’s vision. It is defined in the Miriam-Webster dictionary as: “scotoma or scotomata: a spot in the visual…

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Facing the Future Successfully with Low Vision

A recent study showed the challenges that come with AMD, whether dry or wet, can have an impact on the general health of patients over time, compared to their counterparts without the disease. The fear of going blind often brings…

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Can Retinal Degenerative Diseases Cause Headaches

by Dan Roberts – MD Foundation Resource Director Retinal diseases are not, in themselves, painful. Prolonged ultra-close viewing, however, is often practiced by people with visual impairment. That can cause headaches of the type reported by some members of our…

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How to Face the Future with Low Vision Successfully!

The fear of going blind often brings about depression and an abnormal amount of stress. Counseling and direction from professionals can help the patient feel more in control and help eliminate this vicious cycle. A referral to a low-vision specialist…

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Recognizing Faces

Humorous Faces of Monkeys at Zoo

These tips for recognizing human faces won’t work at the zoo, but they should help people with low vision in challenging social settings: Written by: Joseph L. Fontinot MD, CLVTMedical Dir: Community Services for Vision RehabilitationMobile, Alabama I’m sorry, who are…

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